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May 05, 2008

Cessna Bookends Weekend With Pair Of First Flights

CJ4 Took Flight Monday; Production SkyCatcher Flew May 1

A pair of new Cessna aircraft -- representing both the entry-level, and near-high-end, ranges of the current Cessna model lineup -- saw light under their landing gear recently. The Wichita, KS-based planemaker's first production Model 162 SkyCatcher LSA took off on its maiden flight May 1 from Cessna Field, adjacent to McConnell Air Force Base; and the first CJ4 business jet lifted off from McConnell on Monday.

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Embraer's Phenom 100 Completes Cold Soak Trials

Plane Gets 'Chilly' Reception On First US Trip

Embraer’s fourth Phenom 100 jet successfully concluded its cold soak tests on April 14, moving ahead with the aircraft’s maturity campaign. The test was performed at a well-known climate laboratory at Eglin Air Force Base in Florida. Its objective is to certify the aircraft’s strength and the functioning of the plane and its components under condition of extreme cold.

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US Airways/United Merger Announcement May Come Within Days

Report Says Carriers Identified Over $1.5 Billion In Savings

United Airlines parent company UAL Corp. could be days away from announcing a merger with US Airways, according to the ever-popular unnamed sources.

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Lockheed Offers F-35 For Early Purchase To Development Partners

Hopes Early Orders Will Lower Program Risks

Hoping to show support for its upcoming F-35 Lightning II advanced fighter -- and bring some much-needed outside capital into the program, which is significantly over-budget -- Lockheed Martin has asked key allies to place early orders for the plane.

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Briton Bonhomme Beats Mangold In San Diego For Second Year

Claims Second Red Bull Air Race Win Before Crowd Of 63,000

The fierce competition between British pilot Paul Bonhomme and American pilot Mike Mangold came to a head in San Diego Sunday as Bonhomme claimed his second win of the 2008 Red Bull Air Race World Series season in front of 63,000 enthusiastic spectators.

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Ground-Bound Antique Airliner To Become B&B In Scotland

Convair 440 Given New Life

If half the fun is getting there, then what happens when the method to get there becomes the destination? That's what a Scottish couple intends to find out as they restore an American airliner from the 1950s into a luxury bed and breakfast catering to travelers seeking a getaway harkening back to the romance of the airlines.

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NTSB Says Improper Airspeed Markings Contributed To Zlin Savage Crash

Pilots Tell Investigators Plane Stalls At Higher Speeds Than Indicated

The National Transportation Safety Board says improper arc markings on the airspeed indicator of a Zlin Savage light sport aircraft contributed to the August 2007 loss of the plane near Mosquero, NM that claimed the lives of the two persons onboard.

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Aero-News Featured Aero-Casts For Monday 05.05.08

Making The Case For A New Part 141 Checklist, With CFII Bob Miller

ANN Daily Touch N Go: 05.05.08 (ANN's Short-Form Daily News Program) ANN Daily Aero-Briefing: 05.05.08 (ANN's Long-Form Daily News Program) ANN Special Feature -- Making The Case For A New Part 141 Checklist: 05.05.08 (ANN Special Report, with CFI Bob Miller of "Over The Airwaves".)

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NTSB: Medications May Have Impaired Pilot In 2006 Holiday Crash

Christmas Day Accident Caused by Pilot Error, Medications

The National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) issued its final report on a fatal December 2006 accident, stating pilot error and impairment from medications were factors. 

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CA TFR: 05.08.08

NOTAM Number: FDC 8/6158 Issue Date: May 05, 2008 at 1350 UTC Location: Beale AFB, California near MARYSVILLE VOR/DME (MYV) Beginning Date and Time: May 08, 2008 at 1355 UTC Ending Date and Time: May 08, 2008 at 1555 UTC Reason for NOTAM: Temporary flight restrictions for Special Security Reasons Type: Security Replaced NOTAM(s): N/A

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CA TFR: 05.09.08

NOTAM Number: FDC 8/6139 Issue Date: May 05, 2008 at 1256 UTC Location: Beale AFB, California near MARYSVILLE VOR/DME (MYV) Beginning Date and Time: May 09, 2008 at 1740 UTC Ending Date and Time: May 09, 2008 at 1940 UTC Reason for NOTAM: Temporary flight restrictions for Special Security Reasons Type: Security Replaced NOTAM(s): N/A

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CA TFR: 05.05.08 - 05.06.08

NOTAM Number: FDC 8/6108  Issue Date: May 04, 2008 at 2201 UTC  Location: Beale AFB, California near MARYSVILLE VOR/DME (MYV)  Beginning Date and Time: May 05, 2008 at 2215 UTC  Ending Date and Time: May 06, 2008 at 0015 UTC  Reason for NOTAM: Temporary flight restrictions for Special Security Reasons  Type: Security  Replaced NOTAM(s): N/A 

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CA TFR: 05.07.08

NOTAM Number: FDC 8/6154 Issue Date: May 05, 2008 at 1322 UTC Location: Beale AFB, California near MARYSVILLE VOR/DME (MYV) Beginning Date and Time: May 07, 2008 at 2030 UTC Ending Date and Time: May 07, 2008 at 2230 UTC Reason for NOTAM: Temporary flight restrictions for Special Security Reasons Type: Security Replaced NOTAM(s): N/A

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AK TFR: UFN

NOTAM Number: FDC 8/6181 Issue Date: May 05, 2008 at 1551 UTC Location: ATIGUN PASS ALASKA , United States Beginning Date and Time: Effective Immediately Ending Date and Time: Until further notice Reason for NOTAM: Temporary flight restrictions Type: Hazards Replaced NOTAM(s): N/A

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ANN Daily Aero-Briefing: 05.05.08

Cessna postpones plans to offer Thielert diesels in the 172.
Diamond says it plans to keep installing and servicing Thielerts.
And the Senate will try again this week on FAA reauthorization.<

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ANN Daily Touch-And-Go: 05.05.08

Cessna postpones plans to offer Thielert diesels in the 172.
Diamond says it plans to keep installing and servicing Thielerts.
And the Senate will try again this week on FAA reauthorization.

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ANN Special Feature: CFII Bob Miller, New Part 141 Syllabus - 05.05.08

ANN's Paul Plack talks with CFI Bob Miller of Over The Airwaves about Bob's efforts to get FAA approval for a new Part 141 syllabus he hopes will reduce the dropout rate among new student pilots.

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Airshows 2008: ICAS' 'Air Boss' John Cudahy Talks With Aero-TV (Part One)

It's Airshow Week At Aero-TV!

The first in a five part series, this week, is also the first half of a forthright conversation with International Council of AirShows President, John Cudahy, --- which will be followed by a series of short interviews, in three parts, in which members of the airshow community answered the same three questions -- concerning safety, value and the ability of the airshow industry to keep up with the times.

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Airshows 2008: ICAS' 'Air Boss' John Cudahy Talks With Aero-TV (Part One)

It's Airshow Week At Aero-TV!

The first in a five part series this week is also the first half of a forthright conversation with International Council of AirShows President, John Cudahy, --- which will be followed by a series of short interviews, in three parts, in which members of the airshow community answered the same three questions -- concerning safety, value and the ability of the airshow industry to keep up with the times.

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Former Top-Level FAA Official Raises Safety Concerns

Claims Agency Attempted To Quiet Questions, Cover Up Problems

Gabe Bruno served with the Federal Aviation Administration for 29 years before retiring in January 2006 from the FAA Southern Region office in Florida. A simple look at the number of years he worked with the FAA might lead one to believe that the retirement was on his own terms... but a recent report claims that Bruno was coerced into retirement after he questioned the priorities of his office and the administration as a whole.

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American Points Finger At FAA For Groundings

Report Says Agency Changed Rules At 11th Hour

The recent grounding of more than 3,300 American Airlines flights, impacting travel for more than 300,000 passengers, could have been avoided if the FAA hadn't reversed a tentative agreement between the airline and local FAA officials, alleges a report issued Friday to the US Department of Transportation by the carrier.

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EAA To Honor Homebuilt Aircraft Milestone At AirVenture 2008

Nearing 30,000 Amateur-Built Planes In US!

The Experimental Aircraft Association notes the homebuilt movement is fast approaching a major milestone -- 30,000 amateur-built aircraft certificated in the United States -- just in time for AirVenture 2008, the latest incarnation of an event created by homebuilders more than a half-century ago.

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Klyde Morris (05.05.08)

That's No Mispronounciation, Klyde...

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Report Says JSF Program Security Compromised

States Pentagon Failed To Properly Monitor Subcontractor

A formal government review last week states the Pentagon endangered classified military technology by failing to monitor security safeguards at a British subcontractor for the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter program.

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Cessna 310 With Six Onboard Missing In Brazil

Crews Expand Area As Search Enters Third Day

Crews expanded the search on Sunday for an aircraft, carrying four British businessmen, missing since Friday in the Bahia region of northeastern Brazil.

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Boeing Delivers Air France's 50th 777

Will Be Joined By First 777 Freighter Later This Year

Boeing and Air France reached a milestone last week, with the delivery of the carrier's 50th 777. The Boeing 777-300ER (Extended Range) is the carrier's 25th of that model type, and joins a fleet of another 25 777-200ERs that together comprise the core of the airline's long-haul fleet.

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Without Aircraft, Budget Airline In Sri Lanka Grounded

Struggling Carrier Loses Last Aircraft

The global industry added yet another carrier to the already long list of airlines no longer operating this past week. The Sri Lankan state-run budget carrier, Mihin Lanka, suspended operations indefinitely due to a lack of aircraft, officials said Sunday.

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NASA Offers To Send You To The Moon... Sort Of

LRO Will Carry Names Submitted To Website

You bet we've already added our names to this list. NASA invites people of all ages to join the lunar exploration journey, with an opportunity to send their names to the moon aboard the Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter (LRO) spacecraft.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Linx (05.05.08)

Aero-Linx!

Read about aces like Pappy Boyington, Butch O'Hare,  Chuck Yeager, Manfred von Richthofen (The Red Baron), Eddie Rickenbacker, & Erich Hartmann, or about pioneering aviators like Charles Lindbergh, Amelia Earhart, and Howard Hughes.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Term (05.05.08): Dead Reckoning

Aero-Terms!

Also called 'ded' (for "deductive") reckoning, as applied to flying, is the navigation of an airplane solely by means of computations based on airspeed, course, heading, wind direction, and speed, groundspeed, and elapsed time.

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Aero-News: Quote of the Day (05.05.08)

"I'm trying to do this to do the best I can do to bring corrective actions about and to try to hopefully get the FAA in the place where it needs to be."

Source: Gabe Bruno, who says he was coerced into retirement in January 2006, after 29 years with the FAA, after he questioned the priorities of his position with the FAA's Southern Region office, and the administration as a whole.

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